First Ladies

First Lady: The second hardest job

The role of the president's wife has looked different in every administration

Nixon on the phone

Counting on pardons?

If Nixon's failure to deliver promised pardons is any indication, Trump allies shouldn't hold their breath

Vietnam 1968

Remembering 1968: A cataclysmic year

Secret White House presidential recordings from one of our nation's most tumultuous years

Iwo Jima

How America goes to war

The Miller Center's National War Powers Commission addressed a fundamental problem that's back in the news


Upward nobility

Brian Balogh and the BackStory team explore the long history of American women marrying into aristocracy


Critical insights for the nation's governance

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and strives to apply the lessons of history to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges